The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers

Originating in 2007, young aboriginal professionals of the Tagish Tlingit First Nations formulated a small dance/ theatre group driven by the desire to provide a space to learn and understand their customs, practices and history while working to raise the public’s awareness of the rich First Nation culture that continues to exist within the Yukon.

Since then it has grown from 6 to 25 members representing the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Teslin Tlingit Council, and the Kwanlin Dun First Nation; the common thread between all being the Inland Tlingit ancestry; Dakhká Khwáan means Inland People/Nation.

The group is comprised of many dancers who have been participating in traditional singing and dancing since childhood and also those who are just learning about their culture. The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers work to bring the opportunity of cultural revitalization and social transformation within First Nations communities by reclaiming thier languages and values through the traditional art forms of song, drumming, dance and storytelling. They strive to present their culture with the utmost respect to cultural protocol and with the highest form of artistic integrity.

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